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tbblom 10-09-2012 08:10 PM

Winter Warrior SBS
Winter Warrior SBS, Fall/winter 2012 nymph swap
a rainbow warrior in a dark scheme with black holo tinsel.
Originally tied for Boulder creek as a winter nymph for deeper holes. It also works for alpine brookies and the occasional tailwater fish. Kind of looks like a mayfly larva or a big midge.

hook: Umpqua 201 #18 curved
thread: Iron Grey 8/0
bead:2.0mm black brass
Abdomen/wingback: black holo tinsel medium
Segmentation: Lagartun fine blue
Thorax:UV ice dub, dark olive
tail:black rooster neck (8-10 fibers)

Bead and thread base:
Tying in the tail/trim excess:
Wire and tinsel tied in, body smoothed and formed by thread:
Tinsel wrapped forward and secured. Do not trim excess:
Wire wrapped forward and secured, add a pinch of dubbing:
Dubbing wrapped. Tinsel folded forward as a wingback:
Clip excess fibers and tinsel. Double whip finish:

comeonavs 10-09-2012 09:05 PM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
Thanks TB,

I tried tying some of these up the other day based off just a photo. I tied it two different ways. One with UV Ice dub translucent whitish blue color and one with Ice dub peacock black.

Both look good but I didn't add the wire wrap so now I gotta go back to the vice.:D

Thanks tons for the pattern I cant wait to tie a few up and run it with a size 20 RS2 behind it. Should be a killer cold water set up.

sur3 shot 03-02-2013 07:00 PM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
good fly man very effective

tbblom 03-02-2013 09:30 PM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
Thanks guys!
The original pattern, the Rainbow Warrior, is a Lance Egan pattern. I just gave it a black color scheme with a wire wrap!
On rainbow warriors, changing thread/dubbing/tinsel/wire color vastly changes the appearance of the fly. Chartreuse thread makes a nice bright green hue, with black it looks kind of turquoise, rust orange is also pretty cool.
Some variants:

flybum101 03-29-2013 09:02 AM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
cool looking flies been doing something very close experimenting with different dubbings for thorax

eastfly66 01-09-2014 07:27 PM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
I would like to give this a try for my tail water out East here , I don't think the bows have seen this and they get hammered pretty hard since it is the only show in town this time of yr. Do you think I could do it on a #20 ?

comeonavs 01-09-2014 11:12 PM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
I tie these and it's sister pattern the rainbow warrior regularly down to a size 22 , so yes you should. I find in the winter most everything I fish is a 20 or 22, sometimes a 24:teef:

eastfly66 01-10-2014 06:41 AM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
Great, thanks I need to p/u some of the materials. I am heading to that tail water in about 1/2 hr. since it will be 30 + degrees today. I am still learning my way around all the resources here, there is so much it is hard to stay focused !!! This tying section will be a huge asset.

mcnerney 01-10-2014 07:14 AM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
TB: Thanks for doing the SBS, I have a bunch of Rainbow Warriors in my fly box, but really like the dark color of your variation and will tie some up.


eastfly66 01-10-2014 02:21 PM

Re: Winter Warrior SBS
The Lagartun fine blue , is that a flat or rnd wire ?
also, does it matter if the thread is waxed or not ? I'm a rookie , I know to use 8/0 for small and 6/0 for streamers and such, whats with the different kinds of threads ?

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